CPR train­ing could be com­ing to sec­on­daries

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ian Bunt­ing

The coun­cil’s SNP group have launched a bid to make CPR train­ing part of sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion in North La­nark­shire.

The mo­tion, which will be put for­ward by coun­cil­lors Mark John Kerr and Cameron McManus, calls on the lo­cal author­ity to work with the British Heart Foun­da­tion Scot­land to ex­pand on cur­rent smaller scale pro­grammes and make sure all cur­rent pupils are CPR trained by 2020 and on­go­ing as part of the school cur­ricu­lum.

At the launch of the plans, Coun­cil­lor Kerr said: “This type of life-sav­ing skill is crit­i­cal to sur­viv­ing a car­diac ar­rest.

“Every minute without CPR re­duces the sur­vival rate by 10 per cent. If we roll out this train­ing we are safe­guard­ing our fu­ture.

“Imag­ine a whole gen­er­a­tion trained, will­ing and con­fi­dent enough to step for­ward and help save a life. Sim­ply put – we are cre­at­ing a na­tion of life­savers.”

Cur­rently only nine out of 23 sec­ondary schools in the coun­cil area are ac­tively pro­vid­ing train­ing in CPR and the SNP group be­lieve that this should be avail­able to every pupil in every part of North La­nark­shire.

Daniel Jones, pol­icy and pub­lic af­fairs of­fi­cer at BHF Scot­land, said: “We are de­lighted that coun­cil­lors Kerr and McManus are tak­ing for­ward this life­sav­ing mea­sure which could see young peo­ple in North La­nark­shire equipped with the skills to step in and carry out vi­tal CPR in the crit­i­cal mo­ments fol­low­ing a col­lapse from an Out of Hos­pi­tal Car­diac Ar­rest.

“At the mo­ment in Scot­land, for every 12 peo­ple who have an Out of Hos­pi­tal Car­diac Ar­rest, un­for­tu­nately only one sur­vives.

“And we know, through in­ter­na­tional ev­i­dence from Den­mark and Nor­way, that train­ing all of our sec­ondary pupils in CPR has the po­ten­tial to triple this sur­vival rate.

“If North La­nark­shire Coun­cil passes this im­por­tant mo­tion, it would mean that many lives which are lost to Out of Hos­pi­tal Car­diac Ar­rests every year in the area could be saved.

“BHF Scot­land hopes that North La­nark­shire Coun­cil will be en­cour­aged to back this life­sav­ing mo­tion.

“This would en­sure that the coun­cil joins our na­tion of life­savers, which has al­ready seen coun­cils in­clud­ing Glas­gow, Ed­in­burgh, Aberdeen and Dundee pledge to train all of their pupils in vi­tal CPR.”

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